Last Light, Restoration Series #1 (rpkgd)
Terri Blackstock creates a story based on what would happen to humans if we lost all the things we take for granted on a semi-permanent basis. A pulse emitted from space knocks out all power sources, including newer cars with computer chips. This leaves transportation to bikes, horses, walking, and the few older cars. People are instantly put back to the late 1800s or early 1900s as far as communication and travel. The Branning family has to make decisions to help others or to hoard what they have for themselves. They learn a lot of what God would have them to do and how to treat others, especially their own family members.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a well written novel. Terri Blackstock takes something just real enough that we could imagine it happening to ourselves and going through the same experiences. It truly touches on our human nature versus how God would have us be.
November 9, 2013
Last Light by Terri Blackstock
In Birmingham Alabama all the power went out. But it's not like when you normally lose power... This time cars will not start, cell phones are dead, and even radios and tv do not work. Which left many people trying to find a way home when all the cars on the roads stopped. But no one seems to know why it all happened. It just all stopped working.
And now everyone has to work together to survive. But now with food and other important things hard to get the Branning family has to decide if they should hoard their things or share them. Which can be a hard thing with their own family to care for too.
But if all that they are going though is not hard enough on it's own, they find someone in the neighborhood is a killer. And until they are found the weird loss of power my not be the worsted danger that they all have.
I have to say this book had me hooked from the beginning! I ended up hardly being able to keep my hands off the book! It was a great story and I would love to read the others in this series. It was very well done and was a exciting story! It was really interesting to see how everyone learned to survive, and what everyone done when times got hard.
I received this book free from the publisher, Zondervan, through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
November 8, 2013
A thrilling concept and suspenseful plot!
Last Light disappointed me. I loved Blackstock's Intervention series, but this one just didn't do it for me. There are many reasons I felt so, but I'll get to them later. Throughout Last Light we read from the perspectives of Jeff, Kay, Doug, and Deni Branning and perhaps the villain once. Honestly, this family is relatively broken and if it wasn't for the power outage, I don't see how they could have been a happy family. Speaking of the power outage, a lot of people say it's reminiscent of the TV show Revolution. I have not watched the show so I cannot vouch for it; however, Last Light was originally published in '05, so it came first.
The power was hardly out for a day and people turned into savage maniacs. The cause of the said outage was supposedly a product of something in the atmosphere. Not a realistic viable option, in my opinion, nonetheless this outage knocked out everything, and I do mean everything. Cars, generators- even brand new ones, watches, etcetera. It's an event so extreme people call it an act of God. I strongly disagree with that, but that's a topic for another blog post.
It is very evident the time and effort Blackstock put into crafting this city and what it would be like with no electricity. For that, at least, I commend her. Her characters on the other hand need some work. Deni is such a brat. She whines, she complains, and I didn't like her at all. Although she has a "come to Jesus" moment later on in the book, it didn't read real, if that makes any sense. As for the rest of the Brannings, I found it hard to relate to any of them.
I won't be making an effort to read the rest of the series. If, after this review, your interest is piqued; I recommend Last Light to ages sixteen and older due to some crude content involving the villain but as an overall good read I don't recommend it.
I received an ebook copy of this book from Booksneeze in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
October 18, 2013
Still Thinking About This Book
I am sitting here, trying to figure out what to write, and I find myself still lost in the book.
This story takes everything away from you and leaves you in confusion. There are so many questions and no one has answers, yet everyone expects you to. How will you care for your family? Keep them fed, safe and sheltered. How much do you really trust your neighbors, especially when there is a murderer on the loose? Are they stalking you or looking out for you? Who do you turn to for help and what can you do to help others?
Life becomes a thin line between legal, moral and ethical. What side would you be on? What would make you cross it? Will you make the right decisions? And how do you feel about God? Would you blame Him or put your faith in Him?
This story is told by each family member. You know their thoughts and reasons. What they believe or refuse to believe. The differences in ages of the children show the difference in character, attitude and understanding.
This book will leave you wanting to reach for book two. This story leaves your heart torn from your head. It will leave you with so many what-if questions pertaining to the real world. Lastly, this story will leave you with the overwhelming desire to start hoarding clean water.
(As a quick add on - this book actually made me dream that my family was in the same predicament.)
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
October 11, 2013